Most parents hit it off with their little ones right
away. The tremendous need to bond with a newborn is
normally triggered by an intense emotion that makes a
parent-particularly the mother-want to love and
protect her young offspring. For some people, however,
this may require a longer period especially after a
complicated pregnancy or a strenuous labor.
Nonetheless, “my first baby” guidebooks usually
reiterate the value of bonding time in spite of the
The Importance Of Bonding Time
Research suggests that babies who cultivate satisfying
relations with their parents are likely to develop
into well-adjusted and confident adults. Plus, they
have also shown to do better in school.
In truth, the necessity of spending some quality time
with your baby has an absolutely natural origin. It is
actually an instinctive process-one that had been
interwoven in the fabric of human nature.
Bonding Tips For Parents
If you wish to improve your relationship with your
little one, you surely need to make an effort towards
the fulfillment of your goal. First-time parents-such
as yourself-would certainly consider the following
bonding tips to be of use.
1) Use touch
One of the baby’s earliest means of communication is
through touch. So make the most of this by holding
your little one closely. You may cradle him (or her)
in your arms or make use of a sling as an alternative
in case you need to carry out a few chores.
Breastfeeding a baby will guarantee that he (or she)
gets frequent close contact with his (or her) mom.
This certainly helps foster an early connection
between mother and child. Sadly, the task isn’t always
that easy. In order to resolve breastfeeding
difficulties and other related issues, you may seek
the advice of a health counselor or simply talk to an
experienced parent who can help you with your
3) Sing or hum a tune
It doesn’t really matter if you’re an excellent singer
or not so long as you can carry a tune. Your little
angel will love listening to your voice just the same.
Even the metrical nature of popular nursery rhymes is
extremely comforting and is thought to facilitate
4) Give your baby a massage
A massage offers a more planned and controlled manner
of touching your little one. And aside from the
excellent bonding time it affords, it greatly
encourages your baby’s mental and physical growth.
5) Talk to your baby
Although your little one may not comprehend what
you’re saying, he (or she) will love hearing you talk
about anything under the sun. In addition, your baby
will acquire confidence from the fact that you’re
always there for him (or her) even though you still
have tons of household chores to do.
6) Make the most of daily activities
Even the time spent for diaper-changing can be
converted into a wonderful bonding period. Be sure to
take advantage of the opportunity to just talk to,
kiss or cuddle your baby. Constantly tell your little
angel how much you love and adore him (or her). This
will also help you forget about what a messy task it
is to frequently change diapers. In other words, it’s
like hitting two birds with only one stone.
So don’t let a fast-paced life stop you from bonding
with your baby. Learn to relax and take pleasure in
every minute you spend with him (or her). Books with
“my first baby” themes will almost certainly tell you
the same thing about the value of spending some
quality time with your little one.
Dr. Gladys Baranowski
Babies and Baby Bare
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